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Katia Manhaeve



Manhaeve Katia
Katia Manhaeve



Katia Manhaeve is a partner at Allen & Overy in Luxembourg where she heads the intellectual property and technology department with more than 25 years of experience.

She focuses on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. She has important experience in trademark, copyright and patent issues, including litigation before the courts of the European Union.

Katia also specialises in distribution law, advertising, trade practices, e-commerce and TMT law, including data protection.

Katia is active in several working groups related to her fields of specialisation and is a regular speaker at conferences.

She is the president of the Luxembourg Chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), of the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM) and of the MARQUES Trademark Law and Practice Team. Katia is also an appointed member and Luxembourg representative of the Benelux Council of Intellectual Property. She served as the former president of the BMM and was a longstanding member of this association's board and legislative committee.

Katia is ranked as a Notable Practitioner in Band 1 by Chambers Europe 2019, as an IP star by Managing Intellectual Property 2018 and as a World Leading Trademark Professional by World Trademark Review 2019.

Experience highlights



Allen & Overy
5 Avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 

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Admitted as avocat à la Cour, Luxembourg, 1996

Admitted as avocat, Luxembourg, 1993


Licence ("cum laude"), Law, University of Leuven and University of Salamanca, 1991

Candidature ("cum laude"), Law, University of Namur, 1989

Pro-bono experience

Advising a Luxembourg non for profit organisation on copyright issues relating to the ownership and distribution of content in the scope of publications and training material.


Published work

Brigitte Lindner (Editor), 2019 “Copyright in the Information Society: A Guide to National Implementation of the European Directive” 2nd edition, (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd)

Katia Manhaeve April, 2017 Luxembourg chapter in “International Franchising” p. LUX/1- LUX 27 (New York, Juris Publishing)

Katia Manhaeve August, 2016 Luxembourg chapter in "International Agency and Distribution Law", 2nd Edition,, p. LUX/1- LUX 27 (New York, Juris Publishing)

Katia Manhaeve, 2016 “Sciences de la vie, Luxembourg, centre d’excellence,”in Entreprises Magazine, édition November-December 2015, (Media & Advertising S.à r.l., Luxembourg)

News & insights

News: 10 DECEMBER 2019

Artificial intelligence is the most significant risk to businesses globally, according to directors

When asked about global risks affecting their businesses, nearly three fifths (58%) of directors stated that technological advances (artificial intelligence and machine learning) are the most significant threat. This is according to the seventh annual Directors’ Liability report by international law firm Allen & Overy, in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global risk advisory and insurance broker.

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Publications: 25 SEPTEMBER 2019

Changes are needed to EU Law so declarations of non-infringement of EUTMS and Community designs are available across the EU: an A&O survey

A more detailed version of this article was first published in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (Volume 14, Issue 10, pages 754-760)on 20 September 2019 and can be found here.

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Publications: 15 MARCH 2019

CNPD list of processing activities requiring a DPIA

​The Luxembourg data protection authority (CNPD) has published a list of processing activities triggering a mandatory data protection impact assessment (DPIA) following review by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB).

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Publications: 23 AUGUST 2018

The new law of 1 August 2018 clarifies data protection in Luxembourg

Just before summer recess, Luxembourg Parliament has adopted the law of 1 August 2018 which implements certain parts of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and repeals the former data protection law of 2 August 2002. This new law has been eagerly awaited as it puts an end to the legal uncertainty surrounding the applicability of the old law since the entry into force of the GDPR on 25 May 2018. The new law enters into force on 20 August 2018.

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